Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling its Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat (ITEM # 27077, UPC # 02280827077, All Lots up to and including 10364) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Salmonella food poisoning can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include nausea, Vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these Food Poisoning Symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets, can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
The Jr. Texas Taffy was shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the United States. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures. To date, no illnesses have been reported; however, it is important to note that some Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning could take some time to become evident.
Consumers who have purchased the Jr. Texas Taffy are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund and can contact the company directly and toll-free at 1-800-664-7387, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST).